PHELPS - James Lee Smith, artist passed away on (October 26, 2012) in Asheville, N.C.
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Jim proudly served with the US Marines in Vietnam but returned to his hometown of Phelps, N.Y. and advocated an end to the war.
He graduated from CCFL (FLCC) in Canandaigua and SUNY College at New Paltz.
Jim, known as "Strongbear" was very proud of his Mohawk Heritage. A prolific painter, he created hundreds of oil paintings in an expressionist, surreal style under the name, James Sawdey Smith.
Predeceased by his son, Adam; and parents, Lee Gene Smith and Irene Sawdey.
Published in Finger Lakes Times from Dec. 2 to Dec. 3, 2012